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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it, February 1, 2001
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This review is from: Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life (Hardcover)
Overall, this is a great book. It's inspiring and fun, and the food doesn't get much healthier. I've really gotten into the book during the last couple of weeks, and most of the recipes I've tried are very good. You don't need all of the ingredients he lists, so don't be afraid to omit or substitute. I do not yet have a dehyrator, and my oven doesn't go below 170 degrees, but I have been able to test some of the bread-type recipes. They're very good. Actually, everything has been very good so far (especially the milkshake!), except the Butternut Squash Soup. I found I just don't like raw butternut squash.
If you are on a low calorie or lowfat diet, be aware of these things:
1-There is no calorie information. Once I calculated the calories for the Cashew Gelato, I found out why! It was enough for a whole day's calories for anybody. But it really looks like ice cream.
2-Many recipes use nuts, dates, orange juice, olive oil, avocados, and maple syrup. I think that keeping the avocados in any diet is a good idea, though. Flax seeds show up a lot, too, but they are highly beneficial and don't seem to always get digested, if you know what I mean!
3-Juliano's "butter" is olive oil with salt. He says, "Slap an extra slab of 'butter' on everything! You can eat all you want and get what olive oil promotes most: healthier hair and skin and better circulation." Easy for him to say. He's already skinny.
About the orange juice-it shows up everywhere. He combines it with things I never would have thought of. However, he usually lists low calorie substitutes. And he never claimed this was a diet book!
I found sprouting to be surprisingly easy, but his chart for sprouting and soaking times is incomplete. Sometimes he refers you to the chart, but what you need is missing. More information on sprouting would be helpful.
Juliano is clearly in love with this way of cooking and this way of life. His enthusiasm is contagious. He seems to jump off the pages. Along this line, his sense of humor shows through when he names his recipes odd names which can be very misleading. Two examples are "Cottage Cheese" and "Nacho Cheese", which have no ingredients remotely contained in real cheese (except oil). I'm not saying these recipes aren't good substitutes or good on their own merit, just that the names are misleading.
If you are new to vegetarianism or raw foods, I would not suggest switching over to this way of eating quickly. It will shock your system, and you'll probably get discouraged. Break yourself in over the course of a few months, and your body will thank you. This is the nicest book I've seen on the subject.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2008 2:28:58 PM PDT
JK says:
I have been vegetarian for more than 30 years, and vegan for a good part of them. Juliano is a goofy glamour boy who is riding on a food fad. There are many better publications for those determined to avoid cooked food.
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